Abuja – The NLC has commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s courage in sustaining INEC’s independence during the just-concluded April general elections.
NLC President Abdulwaheed Omar gave the commendation during May Day celebration in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, the conduct of the elections has shown that it is possible to have credible elections in the country.
He said it was made possible by the commitment, courage and integrity of the new INEC team, led by Prof. Attahiru Jega.
He noted that in spite of all odds, the INEC chairman lived up to the expectations of Nigerians and the international community.
“We commend Mr President for not only choosing the right person to do the job but also ensuring that the independence of the electoral body is sustained at all times.
“In a political environment where politicians crave to win at all cost, this gesture is remarkable as never in the history of our country has an incumbent President taken such calculated risk to put himself and the fortune of his party at the polls in the hands of a neutral and independent electoral body.
“This is even the more amazing as the rigging of election and do-or-die politics have come to be synonymous with the ruling party of which he was a presidential candidate,” he said.
Omar called for the consolidation of the outstanding feat by INEC and the passion shown by the electorate for democracy during the just- concluded elections.
He condemned the post-election crises in some parts of the country, saying the killing and maiming of fellow Nigerians were “unfortunate and totally misplaced’’.
“We strongly condemn this misguided violence, our laws are clear on seeking redress on perceived or real grievances in elections,” he added.
He commended those who defied the rains, sun and security threats to queue patiently to be registered, on election days spent hours to be accredited, and after voting waited for the votes to be counted.
He said the message in the resolve and commitment of the people was clear – never again should the Nigerian people accept manipulated elections.
On the economy, Omar frowned at the situation whereby about 10 per cent of the population would cornered more than 30 per cent of the nation’s wealth through looting of public treasury, excessive remuneration for public office-holders and dubious businesses. (NAN)